How Should I Love Thee? Affirmations of Hope

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I will never forget my Mother saying to me…        

      You know, Lisa, every time somebody knocks you done – you just bounce back up.  Boompt!

I had never thought about it until just then.  My adult life has definitely been filled with it’s share of ups and downs.  For me it’s been about forgiveness.    Positive thoughts make a world of difference in how I have the ability to cope in this life.

How do you forgive and forget?

For me, it’s very very difficult – especially when the same person keeps on doing the same stuff.  Affirmations of hope have made such a difference in the way I deal with my marriage, my kids, my friends, and the challenges.  They are such a big part of my life,  they deserve a dedicated weekly blog post.  Because, It is the positive affirmations that cause me to grow in strength – and give me the energy to help my family grown in strength.

When I was going to random Churches, there are very very few sermons that I remember.  Honestly, most I slept through.  There was one in particular that I will always remember.  It was given by Paul Abbott at Cedarbrook Community Church.  He was so real – and I believed that he actually lived what he talked about.  He said…

        When someone does something that pains you,

        something so bad that you have a right to end the friendship. 

        Say to yourself —“you have hurt me a great deal,

       and should cause the end of our friendship. 

       But, to save our friendship – I love you.

That’s what  I live by and that is how I forgive.  I say to myself – what you have done should cause the of our friendship/partnership/etc, but to save that (because it’s worth saving) – I love you.

Not easy.

So, here is the affirmation I am going to say to myself this week.  It’s from the video I posted earlier in the week by Elder Holland.  He said…

                                                                                                       How should I love thee?  

                                                                                                       Like He does. 

                                                                                                       And that way never faileth.

What are the personal positive affirmations that you live by?  And how has that helped you to cope?  To make you stronger?

 

Lisa
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Comments

  1. I love that quote.

    When someone does something that hurts me I try to remember that most people don’t intentionally hurt others – and if they do, it’s probably the result of having been hurt themselves.

  2. Lisa, you speak with such sincerity that it overwhelms me in the most positive way possible. You are very wise because there are not many people who can live within this light. Forgiveness is one of the hardest gestures that we can give to someone who has hurt us or done something irreconcilably wrong. I’ve learned that with age comes wisdom, and through that knowledge, we are able to do things that we never thought were imaginable. I forgave my real father a very long time ago after abandoning me and now we have one of the strongest relationships that I have among the greatest of friends. I wouldn’t change that for the world. Always love dropping by your blog, keep it up!

    • You are amazing Geena. You speak so eloquently. I agree. True forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do – but also the most rewarding. You are right, I have learned with age that bitterness is simply a waste of time – and bad for the heart.

      So wonderful for you, and so wonderful that you now know your father.

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